We will demand that our federal government stop supporting the TransMountain pipeline expansion (TMX) and commit instead, to a fast and fair transition to a fossil free world.
We will insist that our political leaders respect Indigenous rights and that they support TransformTO, Toronto’s climate action plan.
Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Place: Rally In front of 361 University Avenue just south of Armory Street.
March to follow up to Queen's Park
End time: about 2:00 pm
And, while we do that, we’ll have a little fun and learn some things at the same time!
TestTheir Logik, a local hip-hop duo, will call out for social and environmental justice and spur political action.
There will be drumming to help us along on our March and bring your singing voice! You can even rehearse ahead of time…“The people, united, will never be defeated!” and “Keep the oil in the soil.”
As for speakers, we have a diverse and interesting line-up.
Among them we have a representative from the Labour Council Environmental Committee, who will address the topic of just transitions for workers. We have Dr. Sam Green lined up to speak about climate change and health concerns. Our very own, Sean Levine, will talk on the flawed economics of continued support for the TMX and the tar sands.
Chief of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Elder Myeengun Henry, whose community bravely fought the Line 9 pipeline, will provide a statement for the rally. Chief Myeengun has shown public support for First Nations who are resisting fossil fuel development everywhere, from New Orleans to the west coast of Turtle Island, where they are fighting against the TMX.
A representative from the Elementary Teachers Union will head up the youth component of the event. The York University Graduates Association is providing a statement for us to read out. And, in their own voices, we have youth who will share their concerns about the climate.
The speakers will leave us with take-away ideas, to encourage climate action, speak out against the TMX and expedite a fossil free and fair society!
A thank you to the many social and environmental organizations who are supporting and actively promoting this event. Thank you to Greenpeace, who has generously given us supplies and lent us space for our art build. We could not run a successful event without you.
And of course, to everyone planning to attend - come out, come out! All are welcome. The more of us there are, the more likely our voices will be heard.